The Kandy Perahera (also called Esala Perahera )
This is one of the highlights for the travellers visiting the pearl of the Indian ocean. It is a festival that has been celebrated since 300 B.C in the old capital of Kandy in Sri Lanka to honour its Buddhist traditions. This even marks the public viewing of the sacred tooth of the Sri Dalada Maligawa . This year the festival is set to be celebrated in August.
The whole town of Kandy is buzzing with excitement for this festival . Kandy Municipal Council Commissioner, Wimalasiri said “a committee has been appointed to look into beautifying the Kandy town and many projects approved are already under way”. Hotels and businesses across the town has been preparing for this annual even all year, while organisers are setting up extra sanitary facilities and assistance desks across town to help the sudden influx of visitors from near and far.
This year like previously it is going to be an extravaganza of lights, fire and flamboyantly dressed dancing elephants marching with flame throwers accompanied by traditional Kandian dancers. Lines and files of traditional drummers turn up the heat with the ecstatic beats that races your heart and the whole ground shakes as they pass.
The town of Kandy boasts a variety of accommodation styles ranging from backpacking hostels to world class accommodation. Some of the hotels are Hotel Tree of Life (4 star), Queens Hotel (3 star) and Hotel Earls Regency (5 star). Many International travellers have booking facilities direct to many hotels in this beautiful hilly town of Kandy.